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NCJ Number: 152238 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding and Preventing Violence: A Public Health Perspective
Series: NIJ Research Preview
Author(s): Arthur L. Kellerman
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Audiovisual Program
Box 6000 Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video presents a lecture by Arthur L. Kellerman regarding his research into the way guns are used in American society, particularly in the homes of gun owners, and discusses how emergency room medical personnel can cooperate with police in apprehending violent offenders; a community-wide effort in Atlanta to counter violence, particularly among juveniles, is also described.
Abstract: Based on a number of studies of gun ownership and how guns are used in the home, it is clear that those who have guns in their homes are more likely to have those guns used against family members and acquaintances than against criminal intruders. This suggests that the presence of guns in a home increases the risk of death and injury for family members rather than diminishes it. Emergency room medical personnel treat most gunshot wounds. They can, therefore, become important sources of information for police in detecting and investigating gun-related violent crimes and other violent crimes. Currently, however, emergency room personnel typically do not follow a systematic and consistent procedure for reporting gunshot cases and maintaining an appropriate chain of custody for evidence, such as bullets retrieved from gunshot victims. In Atlanta the concern over juvenile violence has led to a comprehensive, community-wide approach that involves all segments of the community in reducing the flow of guns into the community, the demand for guns, and the rehabilitation of those who commit violent acts.
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Domestic assault; Firearm accidents; Firearm-crime relationships; Victim medical assistance; Violence prevention
Note: Color VHS video, 60 minutes.; from the NIJ "Research in Progress" seminar series. Video also available in open captioned.
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